Expanded Dalhousie dental clinic for immigrants, refugees offers ‘such care for our teeth’

For the 1st time this year, dental students will be providing treatments

Khaled Al-Hilal can’t remember the last time he had his teeth checked by a dentist before he came to Canada in 2016.

The Syrian refugee had been living in camps in Lebanon after fleeing civil war in his home country, and what money he had was spent on basic necessities, like food and water. He could hardly afford a dentist.

But in Halifax, where he’s now settled, he’s become a patient at the Immigrant Oral Health Outreach Clinic, which is run by Dalhousie University’s faculty of dentistry.

“We never expected to receive such care for our teeth in the way we see here,” he said.

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